A 24-year-old law student was shot dead by an unidentified bike-borne assailant over a scuffle on a trivial issue, while he was walking near his house with two of his friends on Nala Road in Burari’s Hardev Nagar late on Thursday.
The victim, Ashish Bhardwaj, went for a walk with his friends, Himanshu, 32, and Anup, 34, when the incident happened. Around 12 am the police were informed by Himanshu about a scuffle in which a drunken man on a bike had shot his friend.
“When they were walking, the accused biker intervened and abused them for walking so late in the area which led to an altercation between Ashish Bhardwaj and the accused. They got into a scuffle and his friends tried to overpower the accused. In the meantime, his bike fell down. The accused pulled out his pistol and fired one round pointing at Bhardwaj’s face,” a senior police officer said.
“Ashish was bleeding heavily when police reached the spot. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Himanshu and Anup had minor injuries,” police said.
On Himanshu’s statement, a case under relevant sections was registered at Burari police station and an investigation was taken up.
Ashish, a native of Bihar, was a final year law student at a Gurugram-based private college while Anup and Himanshu are preparing for the civil services examination, police said.
An investigating officer told The Statesman that, “The accused has been identified and is absconding from his house. But with the help of our local intelligence we have acquired details of his hideouts and very soon he will be arrested.”